Published June20, 2003
By Lori Pierce Abendschein
Open for about 10 years, the ultra-casual, funky, small-town setting of
Rosendale Cafe welcomes vegans, vegetarians or those looking to put their
carnivorous cravings aside, and even perhaps enjoy some music on the
Mismatched tables and chairs fill the eclectic dining space,
and local artists’ works adorn the otherwise plain walls.
focused our attention on the blackboard for a list of the evening’s
specials and scanned the paper menu. Natural sodas, organic wines and
three microbrews on tap that change each month are a good way to
The menu combines inventive vegan, vegetarian sandwiches,
appetizers, salads and entrees all prepared from local, organic
ingredients. Some of the signature specialties include tempeh Reuben,
mushroom-tofu stroganoff and the vegetarian version of the BLT — the
‘‘FLT,’’ prepared with ‘‘fakin’ bakin‘‘ on sourdough with lettuce, tomato,
Try a soy quesadilla
First, we shared an appetizer
of roasted red pepper hummus ($5.50), too thick for the typical pita
accompaniment, but full of flavor and perfect with the plateful of organic
corn tortilla chips.
Quesadillas are offered in several different
ways, with soy or goat cheese. We sampled the crisp ‘‘sandwich’’ of flour
tortillas, fully loaded with spinach-garlic and goat cheese
Dinners are served with multi-grain bread and a
palate-energizing salad of billowy greens sprinkled with salty, toasted
tamari sunflower seeds and a choice of the two house dressings — Japanese
or balsamic, both of which are quite good. The Japanese is available for
Unless you’re a vegan, it may be tough to appreciate the
simplicity of the wholesome Zen platter ($11.95). The presentation of
sliced and steamed zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and broccoli
accompanied by organic brown rice, beans, tofu, arame and a side of ginger
tamari, left me more disappointed than satiated.
Even though I was
eating healthfully, I couldn’t help but desire the overstuffed Mission
burrito ($11.95), fat with brown rice, organic black beans and melting
cheese. The sweet potato black bean burrito ($11.95) that raised a few
eyebrows as we read from the blackboard also proved itself worthwhile, a
merge of sweet, salt and spice.
Pastas are also a favorite of the
cafe’s guests, who order up a bowl of linguine with two veggie meatballs
and thick marinara ($11.50) or the pasta special — mascarpone and
asparagus ravioli ($11.95) on the evening of our visit.
too, are ideal as entrees. Try the taco salad, made with the cafe’s
signature black bean chili ($6.25), or the Mediterranean platter with red
pepper hummus, grape leaves, feta cheese, olives and pepperoncini
The dessert menu is attractive and amplified by choices
that are all prepared in house. Be sure to try the warm homestyle
raspberry crisp with the perfect amount of crumble topping or the silken
smooth lime tart.
Rosendale Cafe is a premier spot in the Hudson
Valley where you can nourish your soul with good, healthful vegetarian
cuisine and live entertainment, too.
The Poughkeepsie Journal pays for the meals that are the subjects of
restaurant reviews and reviewers do not identify themselves prior to the
end of the meal. Lori Pierce Abendschein is a graduate of The Culinary
Institute of America and a member of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs.
Overall *** ( Good)
434 Main St.,
Rosendale; (845) 658-9048; vegetarian cuisine; open seven days,
serving lunch and dinner, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday;
Fridays-Saturday until 11:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m., dinner
until 10 p.m. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings;
visit www.rosendalecafe.com for menu and list of events;
reservations not accepted; wheelchair accessible; all major credit
range — $5.50-$12.95; children’s menu is
Directions — th. Take Route 299 through New Paltz.
Make a right onto Route 32 north and follow until you reach
Rosendale. The restaurant is on the right-hand side. Parking can be
found in the private lot next door.
**** very good